Pair of Trench Art
This beautiful pair of trench art vases are
dated 1914 and 1920 and are clearly one soldier's
celebration of the end of the long destruction
Creating decorative objects from weapons of
war as mementos or souvenirs is a practice that
is probably as old as warfare itself. In recent
years, this form of art has become highly collectible
and is frequently called "Trench Art"
because of the marvelous works created during
WWI by soldiers passing long, fearful hours
in the dangerous trenches along the front lines.
Decorated brass shells or artillery cases (French:
obus) such as those shown on these pages
were a popular and plentiful base material used
soldiers -both during the WWI and afterwards
-- to create vases and othr objects. The Mementos
often commemorate battles they fought in, remember
fallen comrades, or celebrate the end of war
and the arrival of peace. Many such pieces are
done in a late art nouveau style.
Technique: Repoussé Brass
Repoussé - a method often used to create
Trench Art vases -- is a technique of creating
a design in relief by hammering or pushing the
reverse side of a metal surface.
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